The ancient city of Corinth was noted for its wealth and the luxurious, immoral conduct of its people. As Las Vegas is today, Corinth was in its day-“Sin City.” It was the place in the Roman Empire where people went to indulge in carnal pleasures. The believers in Corinth had difficulty separating themselves from the evil that surrounded them. The two epistles sent to this church are very confrontational and reproving because the darkness was negatively affecting them. Like the Corinthians, we are tempted by the world and must also withdraw from its evil influences.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
We are not instructed to withdraw completely or to isolate from the world, for we have the responsibility to go into the world and make disciples for Christ. Yet, we are not to be bound together with unbelievers because the darkness in them will overpower the light in us. The light of Christ has powerful impact on a receptive soul, but the same light is resisted and resented by those who are not hungry: “For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20). The falsehood that Christians are tempted to embrace is that the light within us will overcome or favorably influence the darkness in the unbeliever. However, the opposite is true, which is why we are instructed not to fellowship with those in darkness.
What partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? The resounding answer is: NONE! If the righteous try to fellowship with the unrighteous, the unrighteous will influence the righteous to become unrighteous again. If those of the light endeavor to commune with those in darkness, they will be overpowered by the darkness.
We are encouraged to fellowship with fellow believers. The church is consider to be an interdependent family with God as our Father and Jesus as our Lord. We need each other to share our lives in Christ together, to live lovingly with each other.